Help! Can't delete files ...

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Oct 20 02:25:53 UTC 2011

On Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:32:39 +0200, Andy Wodfer wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 9:04 PM, Robert Bonomi <bonomi at>wrote:
> > A) learn to use wildcards.
> >
> I know how to use wildcards, but I forgot to tell in my first email that
> there are 4 files that have almost the same filenames, so I couldn't do it
> this way.

In this case, try to use a terminal emulator which does
have support for UTF-8 both on input and on output. Make
sure your charsets are configured properly. With this
preparation, you should (1st) see the correct file names
in your native language and (2nd) be able to enter (or
complete) their filenames as desired on the command line.

> > B) learn to use the '-i' option to rm
> > C) learn to use 'echo' to 'test' filename expansions.
> >
> Thanks! Very useful info.

I may add:

D) Learn to avoid non-ASCII characters in filenames (just
   like whitespaces and "special" characters).

I'm following this rule for my entire "IT career" now and
I'm very pleased by the results. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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